By Philip James

Philipp Marx/Florin Mergea def Jamie Delgado/Andreas Siljestrom 6-4, 6-3

Jamie Delgado and his Swedish partner, Andreas Siljestrom, were knocked out of the Roma Open Challenger today.

The pair lost to tournament second seeds Philipp Marx and Florin Mergea, 6-4, 6-3 in just under an hour on the Italian red clay.

With Ken Skupski’s elimination from the doubles yesterday there are no Brits left in the Roma Open but Andy Murray still flies the flag in Madrid while James Ward is alive in both the singles and doubles draw in Kun-Ming.

Today’s match was Delgado and Siljestrom’s first since losing in the Tunis Open final on Sunday, after they received a walkover in round one yesterday.

But today they were up against a tough pairing in Marx and Mergea, who are ranked 71 and 69 respectively in the world in doubles.

Delgado himself is ranked 68th but Siljestrom is ranked significantly lower than his companions on court at 136th.

The German and Romanian served particularly well in the first set and saved all three break points against them whilst grabbing a single break themselves to win the set.

The second set was largely one-way traffic, Marx and Mergea breaking three times to take the set 6-2 and with it the match.

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